St Mary Newhouse
St Mary Newhouse

St Mary’s Newhouse, Station Lane, Barton, Preston PR3 5DY

Priests:  Fr. Augustine Obiagwu and Fr. Francisco Ulogu

Parish Sisters: Sr. Shienrose La Torre, Sr. Monique, SPC


Tel: 01772 862437 or 07934 222978

or 01772 862231 (Fernyhalgh Presbytery)





Primary School: St. Mary and St. Andrew’s

Tel: 862335;


Newhouse News



3rd Sunday in Lent                                      3rd March 2024 




Mass Times and Intentions

Saturday 2nd March

3rd Sun of Lent–Eve. Prayer1






Sunday 3rd March

3rd Sun of Lent







Deirdre Rawlinson

Denis Feeney

Lately Dead


Lately Dead

Monday 4th March

St Casimir






School Mass


Tuesday 5th March








Wednesday 6th March








Stations of the Cross


Friday 8th March

St John of God







Stations of the



Saturday 9th March

4th Sun of Lent– Eve. Prayer 1






Sunday 10th March

4th Sun of Lent

Laetare Sunday










Isabel Gilchrist

Fr. Francisco Ulogo

Tina Mayho


Birthday Thanksgiving

RIP Anniversary


OLSE - Our Lady & St. Edward's, Fulwood.

SMF - St. Mary's, Fernyhalgh.

SMN - St Mary's, Newhouse.



NO MASSES on Mondays & Fridays;  

Tuesdays @ 9.00am, Wednesdays @ 10.00am, Thursdays @ 9:00am;

Saturdays @ 12 noon Ladyewell Shrine.

Sundays @ 10:00am & 3:00pm  


CONFESSION available at SMN and OLSE after every Holy Mass, except OLSE 8.45 on Sunday.


If anyone coming to Holy Communion requires a gluten-free host, please let Pauline know in advance as we now  have access to some.


Please, would parishioners who would like a mass intention hand their request directly to Sr Shienrose or Pauline. There is plenty of space in the Mass diary. Envelopes are available at the back of church or in the church porch.





Children's Liturgy every first Sunday of the month, except during school holidays.





Dates for 2024

  • 3rd March
  • 5th May
  • 2nd June
  • 7th July
  • 6th October
  • 3rd November
  • 1st December


We look forward to welcoming all our young people.



Find Sunday and daily readings on



Sunday Readings  

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 18:8-11

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

John 2:13-25



Mass Book Page 121







“Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.”


Today’s Gospel Reflection

The prologue of John’s Gospel tells us that “the Word…came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.”  The evangelist immediately demonstrates this coming and rejection of the Word by placing the episode of the cleansing of the temple at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, unlike in the other Gospels.  The temple, for Jesus, is what is distinctly “his own,” for it is his Father’s house.  But now it is in the hands of corrupt administrations who allow it to be turned into a place of trade, for their own financial gain. The coming of Jesus in the temple becomes a threat to their interests, and thus they reject him.  Jesus’ move to drive away the sellers of animals and the money changers from the temple is, at the same time, a prophetic gesture of radically relocating the divine presence from the physical edifice of the temple to his own body.  The temple’s function as a place of covenant renewal and reconciliation ceases, for it will be taken over by his self-sacrificial offering once and for all. The hostilities that Jesus encounters in this episode already foreshadow Calvary.


Lord Jesus, your body on the cross, broken to reveal the divine presence, is the place where we can worship God in spirit and truth.  Amen.



Please pray for the sick and housebound of our parish:

Kevin Weardan, Victoria Leighton, Ellie Rose, Joe McIntyre, John Riley, Joe Kemp, David Cochrane, Geoffrey Clinning, Theresa Wilkinson, Jessica, Amanda, Christine, Patricia Sweeney, Rachael Mason, Joe Fox


To have the name of a seriously sick person on the newsletter, please submit their name and yours with your phone number



Lenten Prayer


Heavenly Father,

As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you.

Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins.


As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you.


Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgement. Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom or guidance, I can always turn to you.


Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving, and come closer to you through prayer this Lent.


In your name I pray. Amen





St Marys, Fernyhalgh

Holy Thursday 6:00pm

Friday Stations of the Cross 9:00am

Veneration of the Cross 6:00pm

Holy Saturday 6:00pm

Easter Sunday 10:00am and 3:00pm


St Mary’s, Newhouse

Holy Thursday No Mass

Friday Stations of the Cross 10:00am

Veneration of the Cross 5:00pm

Holy Saturday 4:00 pm

Easter Sunday 10:30am


Our Lady & St Edwards

Holy Thursday 6:00pm

Stations of the Cross 9:00am

Veneration of the Cross 3:00pm

Holy Saturday 6:00pm

Easter Sunday 8:45am


The Pope’s Prayer Intention for the month of March 2024


For the new martyrs
We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm.


Parish Collection (including via banks): £541.45

Mass Attendance: 79


Offertory Envelopes. Envelopes for the new financial year are in the porch, please collect them as soon as possible; they do not start until after Easter. You do not have to gift aid your offerings to have a pack of envelopes. Please see Madeleine or Pauline if you would like a box of envelopes. Please also let us know if you are no longer a tax payer (therefore cannot gift aid) or have moved in the last twelve months.


St Patrick’s Day cards are available at the back of church if anyone has Irish relatives. 


Special Rosary Service     to celebrate the feast of St Joseph, the Husband of Mary

at Our Lady and St Edwards, 4 Marlborough Dr, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9UE

Tuesday 19th March starting at 2.00pm

Guest Speaker: Rev Hugh Pollock VG




If you have a child who requires the Sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Communion please speak to one of the priests for an initial meeting.




Thank you so much for your support this Lent.


CAFOD - join us for a parish Big Lent Walk next Saturday, 9th March! This will be our third year of the event; we'll meet in Broughton Village (at the little car park, by the park & pre-school) at 10am. It's a gentle stroll via the Guild Wheel back to OLSE - probably about 1½ hours. We're hoping it can be a 3-parish event, including Newhouse, OLSE and Fernyhalgh.

Meanwhile, John's walk is progressing (albeit slowly!).  There is a sponsor form at the back of church, or you could encourage him online:


Lent prayers and reflections are available on the website:




As we welcome you to the month of March, we would like to remind everyone that it is the birthday month of our industrious and gallant priest, Fr. Francisco Ulogu. His birthday is on Sunday, March 10th. He will celebrate a thanksgiving Mass on Saturday, March 9th at OLSE at 6:00pm, and on Sunday, March 10th at St. Mary's Fernyhalgh at 10:00 am. 


We invite you to join us in celebrating our dear Fr. Ulogu on this special occasion, we would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude for all that Fr. Ulogu does for our community. He is a source of strength and guidance, and we are grateful for his hard work and dedication. He truly deserves our recognition and appreciation. 


On this joyous occasion, we wish Fr. Ulogu a happy birthday, good health, and many more years of service to our community. We pray that God will continue to guide and strengthen him, and that he will continue to bring hope and inspiration to all who know him. 


Let us come together to show him how much we appreciate him by sending him our best wishes and prayers on his birthday. If you are able, you may also consider sending him a small gift as a token of your appreciation. It doesn't have to be anything fancy or expensive; a simple card or token of your gratitude is more than enough. Just remember that it is the thought that counts. 


 Let us also take this opportunity to reflect on the teachings and example of Fr. Ulogu. What have we learned from him? How has he inspired us to be better people? Let us use this time to renew our commitment to following the path of faith and service. As we wish Fr. Ulogu a happy birthday, let us also renew our own commitment to living a life of love, service, and gratitude. 


 May this birthday celebration be a time of joy and renewal for all of us. Let us continue to pray for and support Fr. Ulogu as he continues to lead us in faith.  


Yours in Jesus and Mary, 

Fr. Augustine Obiagwu, HFFBY



Lancashire Evening - Saturday March 9th 7pm

OLSE Parish Centre


Tickets - £12.50 (available from Emma 07890 220249)


Hot Pot/Butter Pie & Apple Pie & Cream


Bring your own wine or beer + glasses


An opportunity to socialise, with entertainment.


Recital of Albert & The Lion,

Lancashire Quiz


Traditional music and singalong


Raffle – donations of prizes welcome.


Proceeds in aid of Emmanuella –

Nigerian university student with physical difficulties, known to Fr Francisco,

and in need of sponsorship to complete her studies.





Castlerigg Manor (Diocese of Lancaster Retreat Centre) is looking for a Programme Leader to join their youth ministry team. The work involves working on retreats in the heart of the Lake District, and occasionally working on outreach visits around the area. The post is residential and comes with a salary package in the range of £26-28k, made up of paid salary, accommodation, food etc. Would suit somebody with youth ministry experience perhaps recently graduated. Interested –




Churches Together in Fulwood, Broughton & Preston


GOOD FRIDAY Walk of Witness

Meet 11:15 outside Debenhams

Walk to the Flag market for a Short Service.



St Walburge's has a special Stations of the Cross on Friday 8th March at 7pm as it will be accompanied by Octavius, a choir of dedicated and skilled singers based in Lancashire. Music will include: Bruckner's Christus Factus Est, Byrd's Ave Verum and Civitas Sancti Tui, Lotti's Crucifixus and Bach's Passion Chorale. All are welcome.





Pilgrims of Hope


Aim: Preparing for the Jubilee 2025 in Rome, through the Year of Prayer: a time to reencounter ourselves, with each other, and with nature.

Programme: Based in the materials prepared from the Dicastery for Evangelization through

Dioceses, and the resources from Laudato Si Movement.

And focused in the Liturgical Seasons; as now Lent.

- Explore by experience different Prayer practises.

- Action to commit related to nature; (revision of previous engagement)


Visit:- to view all the different diocesan newspapers, including the Catholic Voice of Lancaster (



"Care for our Common Home.” At the moment the blister packs that are used for many tablets/pills cannot be recycled in the general recycling.  However, Superdrug stores are offering to recycle them.  All their stores and pharmacies are participating.  Please bring your empty blister packs and leave them in the box at the back of church and Pat Loughran will take them to Superdrug.  It can be one way of our parish working towards making the world a better place for our children and grandchildren.


Thank you for your continued support in bringing empty pill blister packs to Church. It is our small effort in saving the planet. Also Boots stores will recycle empty beauty, healthcare and wellness containers that cannot be put in council recycling bins. This also includes travel mini containers, mascaras, makeup palettes, lipsticks, toothpaste tubes and lotion pumps. At the Boots on Deepdale Retail Park the recycling box is by the tills near the front door. 



Looking for a gift for Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation; Lent/Easter, Advent/Christmas (at appropriate times)? Call into Covenant Books on Whitby Avenue, Ingol PR2 3YP - next to Holy Family Church and opposite Holy Family primary school. We have cards, gifts e.g. statues, crucifixes, rosary beads, liturgical cloths for ‘focus’ tables, books and other items for most occasions.

OPENING TIMES: - Thursday: 10 am - 4pm, Friday 10 am - 2 pm, Saturday 10 am - 12 noon.




If we are not open and you need something urgently, please email us and we will do our best to help you.



The Haydock Memorial

Informative videos can be found on St. Andrews, Cottam website (, including one which includes reference to the Haydock memorial at St. Mary's. See



See Bishop Paul's blog for recent Diocesan news.

The Word of Mercy

Parish Clergy:

Fr. Augustine Obiagwu (Priest in Charge) and

Fr. Francisco Ulogu 

at St Mary's, Fernyhalgh

Telephone: mostly via the Sisters on 07934 222978 or 01772 862437

but also via Fernyhalgh parish on 01772 862231


Parish Sisters: 

Sister Sheinrose La Torre and Sister Monique

belonging to congregation St. Paul of Chartres.

at The Convent (formerly OLSE presbytery).

Tel: 07934 222978 or 01772 862437 



Universalis (3-day)

Sun 3 March (Sun, 03 Mar 2024)
3rd Sunday of Lent
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Mon 4 March (Sun, 03 Mar 2024)
Monday of the 3rd week of Lent, (commemoration of Saint Casimir)
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Tue 5 March (Sun, 03 Mar 2024)
Tuesday of the 3rd week of Lent
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ZENIT – English

More house and less market: the Pope’s explanation of the Gospel passage on the expulsion of sellers from the temple (Mon, 04 Mar 2024)
Allocution on the occasion of the recitation of the Angelus on Sunday, March 3, 2024 The post More house and less market: the Pope’s explanation of the Gospel passage on the expulsion of sellers from the temple appeared first on ZENIT - English.
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After Israeli army killings in Gaza, Pope Francis wonders if this is the way to build a better world (Mon, 04 Mar 2024)
"I ask myself: do you really think that this is the way to build a better world? Do you really believe that this is the way to achieve peace?" the Pope asked. The post After Israeli army killings in Gaza, Pope Francis wonders if this is the way to build a better world appeared first on ZENIT - English.
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Pope Francis and Gender Ideology: What Fiducia Supplicans Didn’t Say and What the Pope Does Say (Sun, 03 Mar 2024)
However, the Pope’s words have appeared in a moment of LGBT+ retreat of ideological colonization, in countries such as El Salvador and Argentina The post Pope Francis and Gender Ideology: What Fiducia Supplicans Didn’t Say and What the Pope Does Say appeared first on ZENIT - English.
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See the new website launched by the Catholic Church in England and Wales by following this link

It is designed to help all grappling with issues around the meaning of dying and death. Based on the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life.